POLICE officers are appealing for witnesses to an incident on Cissbury Ring on Sunday (October 23).
At about 10.30am a woman was walking up to the ring with her two dogs when she saw a middle-aged white man jogging down the hill towards her and the dogs.
She shouted for him not to run past the dogs but he appeared to either ignore or not hear her and the dogs barked at him.
“He became angry and swore at the dogs and on reaching the informant became verbally abusive as he ran past,” said police spokeswoman, Anna Gent.
“The informant was upset at the treatment and swore back at the male as he passed her but he turned and pushed her with both hands into the chest causing her to fall hard and become winded.”
The man is described as white, aged between 40 and 50, of quite stocky but athletic build.
He is tall, about 5ft 10in to 5ft 11in with very short shaven hair which was dark and slightly balding.
He was wearing a navy blue top and dark shorts and trainers.
The woman did not see which direction the male ran.
Police are asking for anyone who was in the area and may have seen this altercation to contact with PC Steve Hargrave at Centenary House Police station, Worthing on 0845 6070999, quoting reference 0752 of 23/10/11. Alternatively, information may be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.